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Achieving the lowest cost with SLS 3D printing

Achieving the lowest cost with SLS 3D printing

Written by David

November 21, 2020

Since it was developed in the 1980s, selective laser sintering (also known as SLS) has been recognized for its ability to print polymer parts with high-quality finishes and good mechanical and isotropic properties. However, the technology’s associations have not all been so positive: SLS 3D printing is also known to be expensive—often prohibitively so.

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In recent years, one company in particular has attempted and succeeded to turn this notion on its head. Poland-based Sinterit has showed the additive world that SLS need not be a high-cost process: it is possible to make it accessible. But how? Why the high cost? Traditionally, the cost of SLS 3D printing has been cost-intensive for a number of reasons. First, the 3D printers themselves are expensive because of the integration of high-quality lasers and complex configurations. Most systems have also been costly to use and maintain because they require highly trained operators. Added […]

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